The Temple’s Furnishings
4 He made an altar of bronze, twenty cubits long and twenty cubits wide and ten cubits high. Then he made the sea of cast metal. It was round, ten cubits from brim to brim, and five cubits high, and a line of thirty cubits measured its circumference. Under it were figures of gourds, for ten cubits, compassing the sea all around. The gourds were in two rows, cast with it when it was cast. It stood on twelve oxen, three facing north, three facing west, three facing south, and three facing east. The sea was set on them, and all their rear parts were inward. Its thickness was a handbreadth. And its brim was made like the brim of a cup, like the flower of a lily. It held 3,000 baths. He also made ten basins in which to wash, and set five on the south side, and five on the north side. In these they were to rinse off what was used for the burnt offering, and the sea was for the priests to wash in.
And he made ten golden lampstands as prescribed, and set them in the temple, five on the south side and five on the north. He also made ten tables and placed them in the temple, five on the south side and five on the north. And he made a hundred basins of gold. He made the court of the priests and the great court and doors for the court and overlaid their doors with bronze. And he set the sea at the southeast corner of the house.
Hiram also made the pots, the shovels, and the basins. So Hiram finished the work that he did for King Solomon on the house of God: the two pillars, the bowls, and the two capitals on the top of the pillars; and the two latticeworks to cover the two bowls of the capitals that were on the top of the pillars; and the 400 pomegranates for the two latticeworks, two rows of pomegranates for each latticework, to cover the two bowls of the capitals that were on the pillars. He made the stands also, and the basins on the stands, and the one sea, and the twelve oxen underneath it. The pots, the shovels, the forks, and all the equipment for these Huram-abi made of burnished bronze for King Solomon for the house of the LORD. In the plain of the Jordan the king cast them, in the clay ground between Succoth and Zeredah. Solomon made all these things in great quantities, for the weight of the bronze was not sought.
So Solomon made all the vessels that were in the house of God: the golden altar, the tables for the bread of the Presence, the lampstands and their lamps of pure gold to burn before the inner sanctuary, as prescribed; the flowers, the lamps, and the tongs, of purest gold; the snuffers, basins, dishes for incense, and fire pans, of pure gold, and the sockets of the temple, for the inner doors to the Most Holy Place and for the doors of the nave of the temple were of gold.
2 Chronicles 4 Commentary
by Hank Workman
We’ve heard the phrase, “God is in the details.” I’ve used this myself. Often stated, it’s in reference to being led to do something or complete a task that seemed virtually impossible. We don’t know how everything will come together but know God will work it out.
Chapter 4 takes this phrase to a whole new level. We read of the extravagant and beautiful craftsmanship for all the temple furnishings being constructed. God had given detailed thought and specifics as to how these were to be completed. His instructions were on point and precise. It was up to the men to construct these things exactly to His directions. They were not to change any of the things He told them to do.
The point is clear, when God tells us to do something we must act in sheer obedience. There is a time He allows our own creativity, which He gives to us by the way, but there are other times we must simply act and follow everything He has stated to do. God is in the details of everything. It’s our responsibility to believe this as we step out in faith but also our mindset to follow how He says to accomplish it.
2 Chronicles 4 Commentary
by Brad Boyles
Then he made the ten golden lampstands in the way prescribed for them and he set them in the temple, five on the right side and five on the left.2 Chronicles 4:7 NASB
The 10 golden lampstands were arranged in rows of 5 with each row on opposite sides. Although the mobile tabernacle only contained one lampstand, this permanent structure contained 10. The purpose of the lamps was to symbolize the light of God’s creation and to continually remind the people that God Himself is light.
Later in the NT, we find that Jesus uses these exact words to describe Himself.
Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness but will have the Light of life.”John 8:12 NASB
In the same way that the sunlight provides warmth and vision, Jesus does the same spiritually. He does this in two ways. The first is by illuminating sin. This is the part of His light that can cause us to hesitate. Sometimes we don’t want to illuminate the dark corners of our lives because it forces us to deal with the mess. The beauty of Jesus as the light is that He will bring awareness as well as healing.
The second way Jesus becomes the light is through vision. It should be normal for us as Christians to look upon our lives in a completely different way after we encounter Jesus’ light. Things that were once appealing to us are darkened as His light shifts to paths that were once dark but are now illuminated. This is the process that must take place in order to fulfill obedience.
We must not hide from the light, but welcome it. There’s no doubt that when we have been living in darkness for so long, the bright light of Jesus will cause us to squint and struggle as we attempt to see a new direction to travel. A dangerous but fruitful prayer is to ask the Lord to light up the dark areas of our life!